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Ekata engineering employees honored in award programs



We are thrilled to announce two Ekata team members were recently honored with awards for their contributions to Ekata’s engineering team; specifically the areas of digital fraud prevention, identity verification, and risk assessment. Varun Kumar has been named the gold winner in the “Executive of the Year | Artificial Intelligence” category at the IT World Awards and Jeff Wartes has secured bronze in the “Technical Professional of the Year ” category at the Stevies’ American Business Awards.

The prestigious IT World Awards honor information technology vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products, solutions, and services that are helping set the bar for others in all areas of IT. Meanwhile, the Stevies’ American Business Awards honors the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide.

The honors are well-deserved. Varun’s leadership of the Engineering and Data Science team, and his contribution to the global expansion of Ekata’s North American machine learning (ML) model for digital fraud prevention solutions and identity verification software stood out to judges. Relying on his business acumen and technical knowledge, Varun deftly leads his team and provides them with the right infrastructure and tools to increase product velocity.

“With high emotional intelligence, empathy and humility, Varun is always thinking about his team’s learning and growth,” said Beth Shulkin, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Ekata. “Every day he leads by example, encouraging his people to go above and beyond in meeting every challenge and driving innovation.”

Jeff is instrumental in the design, architecture, and development of several of the components of Ekata’s core system. He has put several standards and practices into place and has been a vital partner in growing the worldwide Ekata engineering team.

“Jeff had been a key person in the success of Ekata,” said one of the Stevies’ judges. “He not only led the team to build a groundbreaking, innovative product, but also provided solutions that can be used as a blueprint in the tech industry to solve similar problems. Jeff is a great technical mind who has impacted the industry and the organization he has led.”

We’re also excited to share that Ekata’s Account Opening Express has been shortlisted at the 2022 SaaS Awards in the “Best SaaS for E-Commerce / E-Shops” category. The SaaS Awards program recognizes excellence and innovation in software solutions in today’s competitive market. In addition, Ekata’s Account Opening solution was named “Best API – Payments” at Singapore Business Review’s Technology Excellence Awards 2022, while the Ekata Identity Engine was named a finalist at the 2022 Paytech Awards in the “Tech of the Future” category.

Congratulations, Varun and Jeff! We couldn’t be more proud or grateful for all the work that you do. And, congratulations to Ekata’s product team for making our best-in-class risk assessment tools, the Account Opening Solution, and the Ekata Identity Engine. What a team!

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